Friday, September 25, 2020
Quote of the week: "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." --Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I keep waiting for the week where I don't feel like the wind has been knocked out of me by some tragedy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a force of nature, and has been a source of inspiration to me for a long time. I didn't always agree with her, but I always respected her strength, her sense of purpose, and her ability to work with people whose views were in direct opposition to her own. Her words are so impactful. We all need to be reminded that we can charge ahead full of righteous anger, but if we alienate everyone in the process, our efforts are meaningless.
I've been thinking about all our families in year-long distance learning, and I know that many of them feel adrift. Are they part of Ocean Shore? Part of Sunset Ridge or Vallemar or IBL? The answer is yes to both. Right now, more than ever, we are all a part of the Pacifica School District. Twelve years ago, I became the president of the new Pacifica Education Foundation. Some of the PTOs, teachers, and parents were not supportive. Many struggled to understand why it was important to donate (if you were able) to both your school's PTO and to PEF. At first I was angry that people couldn't see what an education foundation could offer Pacifica's children. I was passionate about bringing the schools together and striving towards a vision of equitable education; one foundation working for one district. I soon learned that I would get nowhere with that vision if I didn't figure out how to convince others to join the small group of parents that made up our board. It took a few years, lots of speeches, fundraising parties, informational coffee hours, PTO meetings, school board meetings, city council meetings, and yes, more parties, to get PEF off of the ground. Now, almost everyone in Pacifica recognizes the value that PEF adds to our community. We are all part of the Pacifica School District, no matter what our school assignment is for this year. If you are one of our distance learning families, take advantage of learning more about the new school community that you are a part of. I promise there will still be Ocean Shore activities to participate in, and that you will be kept informed when we have them.
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
School Business: Please also look at the "Flyers for this Week" section on the homepage of the PTO's website for information about other events and services. https://www.osspto.org/
Our virtual back to school nights went well! There was no school wide assembly, so distance learning families didn't miss anything. Families and teachers met either in homerooms or grade level meetings.
Read-a-thon is coming up October 1st! Teachers, the PTO, and I will send out more information, and yes, our year-long distance learning families will be part of the fun!
Picture Days will be November 4th and 5th. More information and logistics to follow.
DLG - Diversity Leadership Group - September 30th @ 7-8:30pm
The Diversity Leadership (DLG) group is back and virtual! DLG serves as a resource for parents, teachers, staff and students in the OSS community to identify and discuss ideas, concerns and areas in need of further growth or awareness. The Diversity Leadership Group’s mission is to provide leadership, guidance and support to the Ocean Shore community to cultivate an environment of inclusion where each individual is valued and respected. Please join our monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 30. For more information or to get involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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